A Fresh Look For Poker
Fresh Deck Poker’s Artwork is one of the game’s key differentiators, by design. We crafted a “Fresh” new aesthetic to set our game apart from the countless other Social Poker Apps. Fortunately, our efforts are paying off as players respond extremely positively to the unique avatars and environments.
From the beginning, we hoped to avoid all the derivative Design and Illustration trends found in the competition. When production started, all other Facebook Poker Apps used the traditional Top-Down table view, dated flat vector illustrations, and generic casino themes. We chose to innovate on each of these visual conventions.
Our unique 1st Person Table Angle immediately set us apart visually from the others. But in addition to that, we strived to create a suite of avatars and environments that have personality, tell stories, allow players to express themselves, and offer a more natural Poker playing experience.
The processes started with concept sketching avatars. We originally considered many different styles and techniques. Ultimately, our 2D Photoshop Painted “Bobble-head” caricatures met the requirements best. They fill the horizontal real estate nicely while allowing the table graphics to be the game play focus. Their exaggerated head size lets personality shine in their faces. And the basic torso forms allow for lots of customization.
These early sketches show our creative concept of players evolving from Newbs to Pros.
Once the character look was nailed down, we developed a templated system of bodies and heads. These were designed to allow players to easily switch between gender, ethnicity, and body type.
We then created a full suite of faces. These are loosely based off popular celebrities. Each face is executed to fit each template type. This allows for a seamless customization experience and an almost limitless amount of combinations.
After creating a robust system of anatomy, we set out to create a large selection of clothing, hair styles, cosmetics, accessories, table gifts, and even tattoos. There are currently millions of combinations that can be created. Assets were designed to work together as sets that match our level themes, or to work interchangeably to create unique combinations.
Like the Avatars, the environments were designed to appeal to a wide audience. Similarly, they tell the story of a player starting at the bottom and working up to the more aspirational levels at the top. We employed a unique technique combining concept sketching, 3D rendering, and Photoshop painting. The 3D was an expedient to get the forms nailed down. And the painting creates a cohesive look.
We hope you enjoy the Fresh Deck look! We regularly add new content. So please suggest new art you’d like to use in-game.
If you’re not already playing, Fresh Deck Poker is available for FREE on any device!